Liberia's Musa Hassan Bility failed to pass an integrity check, the ruling body FIFA said on Thursday as it confirmed five other candidates to run for its presidency on February 26.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Frenchmen Jerome Chamgagne, Gianni Infantino of Switzerland and South African Tokyo Sexwale were named official candidates by FIFA's electoral committee.
UEFA president Platini has also submitted a bid and could become a sixth candidate after the end of his 90-day provisional ban, or if FIFA's appeal committee or CAS overturn the ban imposed by the ethics committee in connection with a "disloyal payment" he received from the also suspended president Joseph Blatter.
Bility was not admitted "in view of the content of the integrity check report relating to him," FIFA said. It did not go into details because of personality rights but Bility has the right to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
FIFA elects a new president on February 26 in succession of Blatter, who beat Prince Ali on May 29 for the top job but said four days later he would stand down in connection with various corruption affairs engulfing the ruling body.
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